Verbal Ability:: Idioms and Phrases

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Exercise

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Some proverbs/idioms are given below together with their meanings. Choose the correct meaning of proverb/idiom, If there is no correct meaning given, E (i.e.) 'None of these' will be the answer.

To set one's face against

A. To oppose with determination
B. To judge by appearence
C To get out of difficulty
D. To look at one steadily
E. None of these

To hit the nail right on the head

A. To do the right thing
B. To destroy one's reputation
C To announce one's fixed views
D. To teach someone a lesson
E. None of these

To smell a rat

A. To see signs of plague epidemic
B. To get bad small of a bad dead rat
C To suspect foul dealings
D. To be in a bad mood
E. None of these

A man of straw

A. A man of no substance
B. A very active person
C A worthy fellow
D. An unreasonable person
E. None of these

A black sheep

A. An unlucky person
B. A lucky person
C An ugly person
D. A partner who takes no share of the profits
E. None of these

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